An inexorable odyssey into the American psyche in the Mojave desert.
Robert Eisner is a once sagacious television producer who finds himself stranded and a felon in the Mojave Desert after a rash decision during a journey from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. Events are compounded with Robert going cold turkey from anti-depressants, fighting withdrawal effects as well as his predicament. Facets of Robert’s world weave together in counterpoint.
After being laid off a phone call from Vegas makes Robert head to sin city to cleanse his soul and amuse his body. Enroute to Vegas Robert ends up with a California Highway Patrol officer in the trunk of his car and a hooker makes Robert take her to Hollywood with him when he helps her evade rednecks in a bar.
Fate forces the three to work together to survive with Robert and the CHP officer making a pact to save their reputations and liberty.
Roman a clef, gonzo journalism techniques and hardboiled writing blend to explore reality and fiction. Barstow is co-authored by the main character, his oratory a launch pad for the narrative. Pulling on influences of Hunter S. Thompson, Kurt Vonnegutt and Charles Bukowski
Complete book at 87,000 words.